By Britt Weston-Ball
The Microsoft Scholarships deadline for academic year 2013-2014 is February 1. How do you make your application get noticed?
1. Share Your Passion for Technology
The Microsoft Scholarship Program awards students who are passionate about their interests in technology and are constantly striving to learn more about the industry. Make sure your application describes the extra opportunities you’ve taken on in school, in jobs, and at home to help prepare yourself for a career in the tech industry.
2. Demonstrate Your Leadership on Campus
Microsoft values leadership in our employees, and our values extend to our scholarship recipients as well. Make sure your application and resume highlight the leadership roles you’ve taken on both inside and outside of school. Go beyond listing organizations you’re a member of: How did your specific contributions impact that group? What was the outcome? Holding a leadership position in a student group, TA-ing a class, and peer tutoring/mentoring are all great experiences to highlight.
3. Have a Strong Letter of Referral
Make sure that the professor, TA, or academic adviser you choose to write your letter of referral is someone you’ve worked closely with and can truly attest to your abilities. Make sure they understand why you’re applying for the scholarship, as it will be their job to make a case for why you are the best candidate for this award. If you’d like to include additional letters from non-faculty members (i.e. high school teachers or former managers) you are permitted to do so.
Double-check the requirements for the application. Good luck!